Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been accepted as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Partnership in recognition of the Colleges’ leadership and commitment to green power through the efforts to reduce climate impact, and the successful purchasing of certified green power. The partnership marks another step in the Colleges’ effort to reduce carbon emissions and create a more sustainable campus.
“Receiving accreditation as an EPA Green Power Partner represents the successes we’ve made in reducing the Colleges impact on the environment,” says James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator. “It also serves as one of a series of milestones we’ll pass as we implement our Climate Action Plan and long-term goal of Climate Neutral by 2025 or net zero greenhouse gas emissions.”
As part of the partnership, the EPA will provide expert advice on green power purchases that best suit HWS and will answer any questions HWS may have pertaining to green power and sustainability. The EPA will also help the Colleges promote the concept of green power on campus and in the Geneva community, as well as provide HWS with the means to accurately compare the Colleges’ commitment to green power to the efforts of other institutions.
The Finger Lakes Institute, which was established as a green facility in 2004, helped to make the partnership possible. Leading the Colleges in environmental solutions, FLI functions as a zero-emission facility through green energy purchases.
The green power purchases made by HWS through Renewable Energy Certificates provided by Green-e certified Community Energy, Inc., support technologies that are more sustainable for communities and businesses, and greatly help the EPA in its efforts to create a more sustainable future. Currently, HWS purchase more than 5 percent of their total electrical demands as wind power generated by wind turbines located at Fenner Wind Farm in Madison County.
To learn more about sustainability efforts at HWS, please visit: http://www.hws.edu/about/green/.